We are delighted that Dr Johann Martinez-Lüscher has started as the LSA Charitable Trust Research Fellow, dividing his time between the University of Reading and East Malling Research, in a three-year programme co-sponsored by the three organisations.
The LSA Charitable Trust has given support to horticultural research in the past, but this project is the most significant commitment the Trust has made to date.
Johann’s research is focused upon the exploration of new crops in a changing climate; crops that have the potential to provide the added value that will be of interest to the smaller grower. Johann has past research experience with grapes, and will be exploring stone-fruited and other crops.
Johann’s research profile can be found at http://www.emr.ac.uk/staff/dr-johann-martinez-luscher/
The Trustees of the LSA Charitable Trust have agreed a new strategy for funding from 2012. Alongside the ongoing commitment to former members and tenants of the Land Settlement Association in need, the Trust is keen to develop its interests in fostering small-scale production horticulture in a changing world. A plan has been agreed to develop longer-term partnerships.
As a consequence, the Trustees are no longer accepting applications for small grants (from October 2012).